When? Monday April 3rd, 2017 12:00-13:00
Where? Room 6088, Arabia
Matters of Fabrics, Fashion and New Materialism
This lecture charts the connections of New Materialism, fabrics and fashion by focusing on the question of ‘what a cloth can do?’ With concrete examples such as Bjork’s dress (designed by Iris van Herpen) in the concert documentary Biophilia (2013) the lecture shows how new materialist concepts and methods can approach fabrics and fashion beyond ‘mere meaning’. The lecture’s case studies also introduce a variety of practice-based art-fabric-fashion projects currently run in Melbourne, Australia’s fashion capital.
Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi is an art theorist and writer. Her research focuses on material-relational processes of art and the body and she has a special interest in fashion, fabrics, and curating. She is currently a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow and co-convenor of the Matters of the Body research cluster in the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, where she co-convenes Matters of the Body research cluster (MOB). She is also a founding member of the European New Materialist Network (COST IS1307, 2014-2018), and co-chairs its working group New Materialism Embracing Creative Arts. Her essays have appeared, for example in Carnal Knowledge: Towards A ‘New Materialism’ Through the Arts (2013) and in the new materialist special issues of A+M Journal of Art and Media Studies (2014) and Cultural Studies Review(2015). She is preparing a book manuscript The Way of Following: Art, Materiality, Collaboration for the Immediations Series at Open Humanities Press.